A New Mindset on Passions and Professions

How many careers do you plan on having in your life?
How many passions can you turn into a profession in one lifetime?

Are we really bound to one single profession from our first chosen path to the rest of our days?

The Sense of Urgency

I used to think that the rest of my life may have something to do with engineering, just to be faithful to my schooling. Then I used to wonder whether my career is bound by the offerings within the corporate walls. Now I see the world far more clearly than that limited point of view. Experience and time shifts your perspectives and sooner or later (sooner being the much preferred one here), the passions left unexplored demand your attention and the gaping holes of your heart can go unheeded no more. You can no longer put off dreams of your burning desires and your unquenchable curiosities. You are finally ready to seriously pursue a passion, a hobby, a budding new profession against all odds. The waiting is over and the new beginning is here.

This April, with the passing of yet another birthday, I could hear the chimes of an internal clock pleading with me in playful tones, waking me up to a new sense of urgency and warning me of the bitter taste of regret – the regret of things left undone when the sun has set on my best days in this life. There is no better guide in life than our own powerful intuition. I threw up my hands in a delight and instantly made a decision to pursue my love of photography and see it through as a future profession someday, a decision which has been pure satisfaction to my soul, music to my ears and a breath of fresh air for my lungs, even in its super early formation. The demons which I had to dispel were not easy but a high dosage of confidence, even if shaken later, is enough to set us out on a brand new path.

How Many Passions to Pursue?

The question which begs attention then is how many passions can one truly pursue in one lifetime? After all, dreams are grandiose and on some perfect days, we feel on top of the world and the impossible seems ever so practical but then we “come to our senses” and realize only so much can be accomplished, “realistically speaking”. We put up the bars which block our vision and we go back to our routines (which take up so much of our time!) and we shut the door to outrageous ideas like pursuing a passion or finding a new profession altogether!

Remember only that in those very practical terms, many smart yet ordinary people have accomplished several – some a dozen – careers in one lifetime and yes, they have been reasonably adept at all of them. They are not prodigy children, they did not come of wealth and fortune, and they were not all my beloved artists and scientists from the Italian Renaissance. They simply refuse to accept the term “practical” in their mad desire to carry out a plan of a lifetime and so should we!

So get to know yourself first. If you have a single passion, pursue it relentlessly. If you have more, do not immediately compromise on one or the other for sake of practicality. Some of your passions will come front and center more than others but to deny yourself at least a taste of each is to not truly know yourself in the course of this fabulous life. Instead, consider them all, shift your life around a bit to feed each and watch the seeds of your labor grow slowly and steadily over time. My passions know no shame and understand no limits – blogging and writing are still a deep passion, yoga is ever a burning desire from my sanctum and there is no tiring of my language pursuits, traveling and Argentine tango. Photography for me ties this altogether perfectly; it not only quenches a wild curiosity to develop my talent and see abilities through – whatever the results may be – it will also enable me to explore my creative and artistic side and still put to use my analytical and engineering skills to master the technical side.

We put the limitations on ourselves and we are the only ones who can lift them. What are you waiting to pursue next – and why the wait?

Passion as a Hobby or Profession – or Both?

Where is that blurry line when a passion crosses from a hobby to a profession? Is it important to even define it? Does income make all the difference?

As we well know, sometimes, a profession can earn only respect and praise and a hobby can bring in a lot of cash so the definition is up to us. I define it with the depth of skill and mastery. If you could teach your passion to other, you have most likely crossed over the grounds of a hobby and are playing with the big boys. The more refined your talent and skill sets, the closer you are to establishing a profession and a new career from the seeds of your passion. No matter, remember that whether a passion turns into a profession or remains a hobby, it is no less a passion and no less important to pursue.

I am teaching myself photography with aspiration of turning it into a profession someday. A traditional photography school and courses are out of the question at this time for me but see if that will stop me from learning how to be the best photographer I shall be! The resources available to us on the web and around us in society are unmatched to those even a decade ago. The world of learning has turned upside down with the explosion of social sharing of information – and my gratitude cannot be grander as this amazing opportunity makes it entirely possible for all of us to independently learn our passions and teach ourselves the necessary skills to thrive.

How to Know a Passion from a Passing Fancy?

You know the professionals do not intimidate you; they simply inspire you!
You study the works of the pros and aspire to follow in their footsteps!
You listen to the advice of others but no one can tell you to quit it for the world!
You take your work, your art, your passion seriously – even if no one else does!
You think of a vacation or a weekend away with ways to feed your passion!
You hardly care how long you spend learning about it and teaching yourself the details of each skill set!
Your face lights up when you find another who shares your passion!
You learn the lingo. Yes, it may be silly to outsiders but to those on your field, it is the way people communicate!
You save up for your tools of trade and consider it an investment not an expense!
You reap a deep and undeniable satisfaction from it and every fiber of your being knows that this is no passing fancy!

Whether we choose to accept or deny it, in reality we all have plenty of time to learn and develop any passion into a career with some planning and forethought but not without great perseverance. I am taking my photography to the next level relentlessly. What about you?

The certainty that life cannot be long, and the probability that it will be much shorter than nature allows, ought to awaken every man to the active prosecution of whatever he is desirous to perform.
-Samuel Johnson

  • http://www.mindadventure.com/blog rob white

    Hi Farnoosh,
    I’ve created quite a few epochs in my life. An epoch is a period in one’s life history where significant changes occur (this may or may not be a career). It’s when you begin recognizing your power to consciously create epochs in your life that you begin understanding what it means to be ‘a supreme being with superlatively creative skills’. When the world is not cooperating with our expectations, then it is up to us to create ourselves anew.

    Only one power can break the repetitious cycle of daily living, and you are now looking at that power – your ability to take command of your mind and create new epochs in your life.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Rob, thank you for defining epoch as I was about to look it up. I love the description and of course I think of my health journey as a large and defining epoch in my life. Thank you for saying the words that I could not come up with in my most profound hour – and for adding so much to this post. You, Rob, know a way with words that few do. Thank you for sharing it!

  • http://www.tonyteegarden.com Tony Teegarden

    Farnoosh, first thank you for linking to my post. I found it highly relevant to your topic :)

    Second of all my insight is this, I’ve found creating space to find my higher good has been just as important if not more important than forcing upon myself to actualize my profession, passion or purpose.

    Whenever a profession has been forced upon me (Or I feel it has been) either by myself or others, I haven’t found myself acting from my higher self. That’s when I haven’t felt fulfilled or on purpose.

    Creating space for my higher good and allowing it to present itself has been paramount in my enjoying my process. Deciding what to stand for and applying my skills in such a way that it feels natural has been a process for me. I admit to not having much patience at times too ;-)

    Like you I have many passions, photography, writing, creating music & promoting self discovery & growth.

    Boy oh boy right? lol This is a topic I’ve written on lately and am still discovering. Art, business, creation, value profits. All very interesting as much as our own fulfillment.

    Love this topic! Thank you.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Tony, your post was most relevant so I was happy to link over. I know you are full of passions like me and I see you pursuing all of them inasmuch as you show and share it – on the profession front, I agree completely – in that, if we go after security, common jobs and safety, we feel unfulfilled at the end. “Creating space for higher good” has to be a new phrase and I attribute it to you if I use it again – well-said! A topic dear to both of us, so happy it resonated with you and thank you for your comment!

  • http://www.improvementools.com Gabe

    Great post. You’re right on that there is no better guide than our own intuition. I like to follow it because it usually steers me right.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Thank you Gabe! Yes, our own intuition which we sometimes more than ignore but regret follows soon – so good of you to listen to yours. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.timelessinformation.com Armen Shirvanian

    Greetings Farnoosh.

    Regarding your point about how many passions we can pursue in a lifetime, the answer is 3. Having more than 3 passions breaks that rule, and then the other ones are not as passionate. Let’s say photography was your third one. That would mean that you can’t have a passion for horseback riding later.

    Those signs you list at the end of knowing the difference between your passion and a passing interest are quite well-versed. Anyone who was wanting to separate the two could easily find out where each of their interests lie by thinking through your statements.

    I don’t have much of an interest in photography, but I sometimes will take a nice image and set it as my desktop background for a bit.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Oh really, Armen? Only 3 you say? I must beg to differ. Actually photography would hardly be just my 3rd passion. I really think we have room for far far more – and not just to do them in mediocre levels but do them well!
      Thank you for recognizing the difference between passion and passing fancy and I hope you entertain more than 3 passions in the course of your life…..but if not, at least 3 then :)!

  • Rashmie

    Dear Farnoosh,
    I recently subscribed to your blog after having reade a few posts and more importantly – about you. Why the “about you” was important to me is because I could so so much relate to your thoughts and persona!

    And this post totally resonates with my thoughts and ideas!
    You have written it beautifully and explained and expressed so clearly.
    After reading it, I really wanted to leave my comment.

    I am a person who’s got many a passions. Yes, passions and not just passing fancy. I took that test that you put up to know if it’s actually a passion and I passed every point. One of them, I have turned into a profession. And it’s my online jewelry store. Besides, I totally love photography and am doing all I can to learn more and more and grow in this field and may be some time later take it up as a profession. But then, whether I can make it a profession or not is not important, what’s important is that right now, learning it well is one big purpose of my life.

    And then, I love traveling and blogging about my travel stories.
    I am an avid researcher on natural and holistic health and blog about this too.

    There’s my music that I am learning currently feverishly. So, quite a few things. But as you so nicely and rightly said – you can no longer put off your dreams.

    Loved this post! I have sometimes felt if I am mad or insanely impractical. But reading this I feel, there are more people like me and that it’s really fun to be not so practical in life .

    Keep writing such inspiring stuff. I will keep visiting your blog.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Rashmie, either you and I are both mad and insanely practical or the rest of the world is but different does not mean wrong or crazy in my book. I am so very happy that you have found the blog and that it resonates so much with you – from what you describe, we have a lot in common and the best one is not letting anything get in the way of pursuing those passions! Your photos are very nice and the mix of your passions will no doubt help develop you into the best and most fulfilled person you can be. Thank you for taking that “test” and congratulations on knowing for a fact that those are indeed passions and not just passing fancies in your life! And of course, thank you for your comment!

  • http://www.jungleoflife.com/ Lance

    Farnoosh!
    I’m so excited for you!! And for all the amazing discoveries into yourself that will continue to come as you travel down this road you are on!!

    Those passions….that which really lights up our hearts…so, so worth really digging into!

    And…as for the engineering school…I can relate!! I’m feeling this shift in brain hemispheres…and it feels really good!

    And…you are well on your way in the photography department – the photos you share here are wonderful!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Thank you Lance – just wait til you see some of the photos from Switzerland!!
      Anyway, you always support me so kindly and encourage me so much – thank you for sticking up for passions like I do – and it’s good to know another engineering mind which has gone exploring the creative and artistic side!! :)

  • Sandra Lee

    Farnoosh,

    I am so delighted you have established this new goal and are working gradually – and of course – passionately toward establishing a new career. Thank you for sharing your process of discovering with us.

    Having a passion that benefits others brings me the most joy and sense of reward and contribution. I don’t think it’s the number of passions or passion simply for the sake of passion but that is the driving force for me.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Sandra, thank you for the vote of confidence – yes gradually is definitely the key in managing all the passions but progress is evident and I am very happy about it. Thank you for the excitement and for sharing what I already can guess about you – that your passions benefit others and that is what brings you the most joy! Beautiful and so very true!

  • HappinessandWisdom

    Your post seems to convey a take it easy, one step at a time, kind of approach to pursuing a passion. If that was the intent, I applaud it! Too often, people feel as though they have to “figure it all out,” immediately — how can I learn faster, get better, make money, etc. By enjoying the experience and being open to the possibility of future applications/professions, I believe you give the best opportunity for your passion to thrive. Thanks for the post!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Yes yes, that is exactly my point – we do *not* have to figure it out all at the beginning – it’s impossible to know what path will open before us and what new doors the passion will open for us. The point is to get started, and to do it now – and even if it’s gradual and not perfect it is still the pursuit of a passion and the satisfaction is immense even and especially during the early stages of figuring it all out. Thank *you* for articulating it so well and for your kind comment!

  • Jean Sarauer

    I’m grateful to live in this time when we are so much more free to pursue our passions vs. just needing to buckle down and work at the same thing for a lifetime. I’ve had many passions but did not pursue many of them as a career path. Mainly because it was illegal :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Jean, Jean – what are we to do with you? Illegal passions ha? In Wisconsin or US or everywhere? ;)! Well, I think you know I agree with you in living in the right time where we can be whoever we want to be and pursue whatever our heart desires…..indeed! Thanks for sharing your thoughts as always!

  • http://upcycledlove.com Lynn Fang

    Hello Farnoosh, this is a beautiful post! I really resonated with the last passage – describing passion vs. passing fancy. You helped me affirm that my experience is indeed passion!

    I believe people can pursue multiple passions, there are no limits to what you choose to accomplish. If there is a yearning, a curiosity to learn more about something, to get to the heart of it, then I feel it is right to follow that path. I’ve played around with arts and crafts, but those will stay hobbies. I have discovered a deep passion for blogging and writing, in addition to my passion for ecology and promoting personal growth.

    If you have too many passions and pursuits, it seems you may not have the time and energy to accomplish what you want all within the same time frame. But, much like the Four Burners Theory that Chris Guillebeau discussed, I can see turning one passion down low in order to cultivate a new passion. That way, all passions are kept aflame and ones put on hold can fire up again sometime in the near future.

    Best of luck in your photography pursuits!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Lynn, thank you and I am so happy you related to the passion vs. passing fancy. And I love how you say: There are *no* limits to what we choose to accomplish. I had not heard of Chris’s four burners theory even though I follow him here and there, so it’s wonderful of you to add it here to give perspective and more insight into the topic I opened up – very nice addition. Thank you for the vote of confidence on having and pursuing passions…..And for your kind comment here!

  • Brian

    Hi, Farnoosh!

    I’m so glad I met you through Toastmasters and subequently discovered your blog. It is one of my favorites (and I read a lot of blogs) because you always speak from the heart, and although you are talking about your own passions and thought processes, you have a gift for sharing your life story in a way that enables the rest of us to examine OUR OWN passions and thought processes right alongside you — as evidenced in the comments in response to this and other posts you have written. I want to especially thank you for this post. I’m going to come back and read it again after pondering some of my own passions…

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Brian,
      How nice to see you here and of course the feeling about our chance meeting at TM is mutual. You know, my cousin told me that I write the blog mainly about me and I wanted to argue that no, I really write for my readers and so that I can provide something of value but your description is the perfect fit because I want my readers to see their own life as I articulate ways of seeing mine…..come back again as you are most welcome and I am happy to see that you are thinking about your own passions!

  • Andrea DeBell – britetalk

    Hi Farnoosh!

    My professions have changed as I grew and transformed. My real passions have stayed the same though. These main passions shape my professions in new forms depending on where I’m in life. I don’t plan to always stay the same. Therefore, I don’t want to assume that any part of my life (including profession) will remain the same.

    Passions can show up as hobbies or professions. For me, the definition is not as important. The important issue is that you enjoy doing that activity. In many cases, hobbies become professions and vice versa.

    I love your approach to this topic. I especially enjoyed “How to Know a Passion from a Passing Fancy?” Very helpful. :)

    Loving blessings!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Andrea, how nice to see you add your insights and thoughts into my posts – they enrich each one. Some very smart and accomplished people I know have had one or two passions all their lives but they way they implement them changes s0 in essence the profession may change but the underlying passion still drives it. I think it’s wonderful to have such a lasting passion. For me, I have only in recent years (last 5-7) been able to pay attention and develop my true passions – which I am sure have always been there and dormant but the opportunity to see them through has not – hen I put workaholism on the back burner and focused on the real work of my life! Either way, glad we are following passions and not passing fancies!

  • jasmine

    What kind of an engineer are you?
    I am a chemical engineer.
    :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Jasmine, if you must know, electrical engineer and bachelor’s and master’s degrees……tough days!

  • http://hustlersnotebook.com Jk Hustle

    Farnoosh – great wisdom you share!
    One thing I’d like to add…

    Beware of allowing passion to hold you back – because it can, if we aren’t careful. I’ve heard and seen time and time again where people give half effort into their current situation, because it doesn’t tingle their passions. Excuses develop: “once I can do what I love, then I’ll apply myself more”.
    Well, I submit that giving half-effort sets a trend, which becomes a constant.

    In stead of holding yourself back – give your all, regardless if it’s your passion or not – and you may find that your passion is right under your nose.

    One more note…

    Beyond having passion on a personal level…have it on a universal level to carry with you in all things that you do.

    Be adaptable enough to be the best fit for any position, rather than finding the position that’s the best fit for me. The odds are in your favor if you can adapt, rather than the contrary.

    My passion is being able to mold myself into multiple situations comfortably. Being able to tap into myself to push through any obstacles that face me.
    ————
    Great article!
    Peace

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi JK and welcome to prolific living, thank you for your elaborate and well-thought-out comment. I don’t do anything half-way (to be polite and use good words but you know what I mean!) and I do not recommend it so you add an extremely valuable point – the attitude of “If I do what I love then I’ll be more productive or happy…..” just doesn’t pan out very often. We have to be convinced, we have to be ready for the hard toiling and the learning and the early seeds of just planting and not seeing much result from it…..Thank you for adding the thoughts, JK and come back again!

  • http://www.abubakarjamil.com Abubakar Jamil

    Probably one of the most important questions to raise, in these times where so many opportunities are available to us, and old school way of building a career and earning a livelihood is being reexamined. Glad that you made so many of us think…

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Abubakar, so many opportunities, so many options and so many new approaches to a career indeed. It has been on my mind so I am only too happy to share it with my readers. Thanks for your comment as always!

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  • http://growwithstacy.com Stacy

    Thank you for this inspiring and timely post!

    This is something that I have been thinking about more in depth recently as I have spent the majority of the summer focusing on one passion but have let other things in my life slide.

    I’m working on finding balance in my life so that I can pursue the passions that I have with getting through the mundane parts of life that need attention as well.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Stacy, so glad to see you here – thank you for your comment. If you have focused on one passion all summer, I bet you have done more than many other idle souls around you so congratulations! Balance is no easy task – I am right there with you and know that we can both find it in small and hopefully not-so-small ways…..! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Clearly Composed

    “Your face lights up when you find another who shares your passion!”

    That’s why my face lights up when I read your posts…I can feel the passion you have for blogging and it reaches out and draws your readers because of it.

    I write about balance because I am passionate about sharing how developing it has changed my life for the better. It’s a topic I never tire of sharing or learning about. Even the word excites me and evokes all sorts of images. It’s soul satisfying to say I am passionately passionate about balance. :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Emma, I can’t think of another thing you could have said to make me smile wider. So happy that you enjoy these posts. Yes, passion for blogging is a firm one for sure. Balance is not easy – not in yoga or in life. I struggle but find it now and again and life is so perfect in those moments…..ah but they are fleeting..such a challenge, such a joy to behold when possible…it is no wonder you have chosen such a perfect passion to explore….Thank you for your comment!

  • http://www.kaizenvision.com Aileen

    Oh I love how this post celebrates the passions we live with along our journey. I appreciate you guide for analyzing our love as Passion of Passing Fancy. It helps to have the clarity rather than wonder why we aren’t trying harder with our passing fancy when perhaps we should allow it to pass.

    I’m ever inspired by the opportunities we have in this life. It appears that these are days and this generation is quite different before. The barriers to entry are smaller and it comes down to our personal commitment to make things happen.

    Like you say, not all of passions need to become careers. What is important is that we make room to experience them and have them grow. The photos you post on your blog are beautiful and you already are a great photographer. I wouldn’t be surprised if it does become your career.

    You do live your passions, and it’s an inspiration to others.
    :)

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Aileen, how on earth did I skip over you? I am sorry – and every so happy that you enjoyed this post. Passing fancies have their tease with me too but we can only focus on so many things!! And thank you so so much for the encouragement towards my photography – I am inspired to do well from simple yet powerful comments such as yours….And I am very proud that you pursued your ballet passion not too long ago! Indeed we have so many fabulous opportunities in this life. Thank you as always for sharing your thoughts!

  • http://www.celticspiritbbq.com Peter

    I used to think network and computers were a passion for me, than I realized the 22 years I spent in EMS was a passion. The time I spend in the kitchen is a passion. So, I have walked away from all things I.T. and embraced my passion for cooking. Better late than never!!

    Dinner anyone

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Peter, my dear friend from long ago, how nice to see you! Yes you know well that we both gave our heart and soul to IT in those days – you probably much longer than me but alas, now you are embracing a passion and I am thrilled to hear it……Cooking is an outstanding passion – one that as of very recently, even my Andy shares with you! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • Nadia Ballas-Ruta

    Hi Farnoosh,

    Good for you for pursuing your passion! I am all for pursuing passions. Life is too short to waste by playing it safe and just doing the ordinary.

    In my case, thirteen years ago I left a lucrative career to go find meaning, happiness and inner peace. It took me all over the world. I had numerous experiences such as going down the monastic path and so much more. Recently, I came full circle and am doing what I used to do but with greater wisdom. My mission was accomplished…it took 13 years but I do not regret a single second. Life is truly beautiful.

    So here’s to jumping off cliffs and living life with zest!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Dear Nadia, lovely to see you here! Life is indeed too short to play it safe all the time! I have read about some of your journey on Happy Lotus, your wonderfully creative website, and it’s even better to hear it again and in more detail……What’s 13 years if you can say “Life is truly beautiful” and find ultimate happiness? Love it! Thanks for sharing that uplifting thought with us!

  • Chuck Bluestein

    As far as getting to know yourself first (“So get to know yourself first”) Socrates taught that. He said “Know thyself.” He also believed that people had an immortal soul and that was 400 years before Jesus was born. As you get to know yourself more, your intuition gets stronger.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Chuck, thank you for the affirmation on getting to know ourselves. Who am I to argue with Socrates? :)! Seriously, thank you for your comment and of course your message.

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  • Tito Philips, Jnr.

    Thanks for the insightful post Farnoosh. I particularly liked the “How to Know a Passion from a Passing Fancy” …concise and very thought provoking.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Tito, thanks so much for your comment….Glad you enjoyed it and thanks again for the link back here!!!

  • http://www.momentumgathering.com Katie

    Farnoosh, you are a woman who knows what she loves and that is such a gift. For years, I didn’t have a clue where my passions lay, and yet I’ve always felt like an architect. It must be one of my archetypes (if you’ve read Caroline Myss’ Sacred Contract, you’ll know what I mean). I feel like I’m designing my life and yet the blueprints only become clear when I’m really ready for them and not sooner. I started filmmaking at 27 (late by some measures) and now blogging at 47. I can’t wait to see what passion hits me at 67 and 87. Love your passionate way of living.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Katie, dearest, I have to accept that compliment even though I started to listen and follow my passions later in life than I had hoped but alas, I have been telling myself my timing is perfect and that’s the end of that! Have not read that book but I can understand or relate to your feelings because of what I just said about timing. And I love your excitement about the coming ages in your life, I will be right there to cheer you if you are still blogging as you pursue your other passions! Thank you for a powerful thought here!

  • http://www.fungiftideas.org Cole Stan

    Personally, it doesn’t matter if my reason of embracing my passion is for hobby or profession. As long as I enjoy what I’m doing and I’m ripping all the benefits from it, there will be no problem at all. I will surely continue doing everything because of what I have.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Cole, I think that’s wonderful – who cares how label it if we know what we love and what we need to do to realize it…..good for you. Nice of you to stop by and comment. Thank you!

      • http://www.fungiftideas.org Cole Stan

        Thanks for appreciating my comment. I hope to see myself regular here in your blog! I just hope that all of us remain to be happy of what we are doing in our lives while we are reaching our goals too.

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  • John Sherry

    Very inspiring post Farnoosh, like a call to action! I believe we all have multiple skills, talents and traits, so why can’t we have multiple passions and careers to follow? The world has changed from the one-job-for-life syndrome whereby you worked 9-5 then when time allowed followed a hobby or major interest. Today life IS the passion and major interest so it’s time to honour what’s inside and answer the clarion call. Inspiration is an inside job. So throw caution to the wind and unfurl your sails and let the passions roar. Your wishes are real. Your passion is something you can see, hear, taste, imagine and touch. It makes sense because it is one!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      HI John, indeed the world has changed so much even in our own lifetime and especially in the last decade. I am rather risk averse so throwing caution to the wind is a stretch for me but safe and monotonous jobs are not the answer to passionate people’s life long choices, that’s for sure! Thank you for the inspiring response!!

  • Jay

    As with most things, I think it is good to have a balance, allowing yourself to try out various passions while also having sustained focus on just a few.

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Jay, exactly – balance is really key to everything even in pursuit of our passions. Thanks for your comment!

  • Negar

    “We put the limitations on ourselves and we are the only ones who can lift them.”

    I am going to print that out and put it up in my cube at work!

    I am SO excited to read that you want to turn your passion of photography into a profession one day – so excited for you and all that is to come for you!

    • http://prolificliving.com/blog Farnoosh

      Hi Negar, thank you! We are going to have some fun with the camera during your visit – and you will see that I can pose like a photographer but still have SO MUCH to learn. Thank you for the encouragement and support! You win yourself a free photo session! :)

  • Negar

    I am SO excited!!!!! Can’t wait!!! :)

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